Despite both teams losing in the Bi-District round of the Region III-6A soccer playoffs last week, the Heights boys’ and girls’ squads had outstanding winter seasons.
After failing to make the playoffs last year, the Bulldogs rebounded nicely this season to finish third in the hotly-contested District 18-6A. Sam Houston, which reached the state tournament just three years ago, was the district champion going 9-1-2 to finish ahead of Bellaire, which was second and 8-2-2 overall. The Heights was third at 6-6.
In the playoff opener last week at Pridgeon Stadium in Cy-Fair ISD, the Heights ran into and lost 2-0 to a Cy Ridge team that is looking to make a playoff run after they reached the quarterfinals last year. The Ridge scored a goal in each half to get the win as the Heights had some opportunities but couldn’t get one in the net.
While the seven graduating seniors will be missed in the program, the Heights have a nice group of young players returning next year, including sophomore Miguel Mendoza, who scored two goals in a 2-1 late-season win over Westside that proved to be a pivotal win in their playoff hopes. Mendoza was also named the Houston Chronicle Player of the Week after that game.
Midfielder Moises Perez, midfielder Eduardo Mendez, midfielder Julio Somano, defender Ismael Hernandez, goalkeeper Irvin Monsivias, forward Juan Romero, and goalkeeper Jorge Mendoza are the seniors that will be graduating from the Heights soccer program.
The Bulldogs finish the year at 9-13-1 overall.
The Lady Bulldogs had a solid comeback season come to an end in the first round of the Region III playoffs last week, when they lost 2-0 to Cy Ranch at Cy Falls High School on the northwest side of the county.
The Heights finished third in District 18-6A behind undefeated district champion Bellaire and second-place Westside. The Cardinals dominated the district on some level, going 12-0 and winning those dozen games by a combined 96-3 score. Westside was second and the Heights came in third at 7-3-2 with Lamar taking the fourth playoff spot.
For the Bulldogs, after finishing near the bottom of the district last year, turning things around the way they did this year was quite an accomplishment.
And while they had a few seniors, they also relied heavily on a lot of sophomores and juniors like midfielders Jennifer Eguia and Emmy Sosa to help get things back on track after a 2017 season that saw them lose 14 of their first 15 games and never really get in the district playoff picture. The Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-7-1 mark overall.